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Soviet toys were not the same as modern ones. They will probably seem primitive to the current generation. All these baby dolls and bears, locomotives and cars are simplicity and limitation compared to modern “fantastic” toys. But that doesn’t make them worse. Soviet toys changed along with the country, reflecting the changes taking place in society. Read what were children’s favorite things during different years of Soviet power and what events influenced them

Post-Revolutionary Failure: Cardboard Cubes and Rag Dolls

Homemade dolls delighted children in the same way as factory dolls. After the revolution, manufacturers did not have time for toys, unfortunately, they were almost never produced. Building a new life occupied people’s minds, what fun. The children still wanted to play, political and economic problems were of little interest to them. Therefore, those who had old toys left over from the time of Tsarist Russia were lucky. If there were no such stocks, they had to make homemade dolls, cars, carriages. Adults (and children themselves) made cubes from cardboard, baby dolls from strips. Mothers sewed balls from rags and fathers saw figures, cars, prams from wood. The times of minimalism and revolutionary ideas left their mark on children’s play.

Toys from the 30s that were produced in artels: ideological orientation and a small number of dolls

Red Army statuettes replaced the usual tin soldiers. Time passed, in the 30s of the 20th century, artels began to appear, which were engaged in the production of toys for children. Of course, these were mostly options made in the style of the new era: small figures of Red Army soldiers and sailors were offered, you could also buy a whole pioneer section, equipped with a flag, horns and drums. Fortunately, it was not only possible to buy “ideological” toys in the shops. You could also find ordinary dolls (most often they had long drawn hair, and they were dressed in pioneer uniforms or festive dress), teddy bears with sawdust inside, wooden horses on wheels.




Post-war cars, dump trucks and weapons, as well as the use of natural materials

Children’s toys were made from natural materials. After the end of the Great Patriotic War, toy military equipment, various cars, dump trucks, as well as pistols, sabers and guns, were very popular. Of course, such an arsenal attracted mainly boys. The girls enjoyed playing with aluminum utensils and dolls. Unfortunately, the choice was small, and people had little money, then homemade toys were still used, from balls to cars and dolls, shame were folk toys. Things like a painted bodo doll or a clay whistle could be obtained, but not in a store, but in a market where craftsmen sold them. But only natural materials were used for the manufacture of toys: plush, wood, metal, rubber. Not a very big consolation for a child who did not get a doll, but still.In the 50s, mechanical bears began to appear in stores, whose paws were occupied with a thin layer of honey, a balalaika or a bottle of milk. To put the toy into action, it was necessary to turn it on with a key, and the cute bear cub would begin to play a musical instrument, shake its head, or bring a barrel or bottle to its mouth. Such bears were very popular and were initially considered scarce.

The bear invasion and the impact of space travel: 50-60 years

Clockwork bears were very popular in the 50s and 70s. Bears in general were a much sought after figure in the toy industry. They were different – soft and wooden, mechanical and filled with sawdust, in clothes and without. And when the 1980 Olympics took place, the toy stores were filled with Olympic bears made of rubber, rubber, plastic, fur, plush and celluloid. Almost every child alive at that time had such a bear with a belt of Olympic rings. After the first man conquered outer space, toys began to reflect this great event in the 60s. Satellites and rockets appeared in toy stores, as well as figurines of astronauts with a large USSR inscription – this was what was bet on during the first period of space exploration. Lunokhod or the space station became the dream of Soviet boys.

Toys on the stream and the appearance of heroes from TV, 70-80 years

Bears in general were a much sought after figure in the toy industry. They were different – soft and wooden, mechanical and filled with sawdust, in clothes and without. And when the 1980 Olympics took place, the toy stores were filled with Olympic bears made of rubber, rubber, plastic, fur, plush and celluloid. Almost every child alive at that time had such a bear with a belt of Olympic rings. After the first man conquered outer space, toys began to reflect this great event in the 60s. Satellites and rockets appeared in toy stores, as well as figurines of astronauts with a large USSR inscription – this was what was bet on during the first period of space exploration. Lunokhod or the space station became the dream of Soviet boys.

Toys on the stream and the appearance of heroes from TV, 70-80 years

Since the 60s, the manufacture of children’s toys in the Soviet Union has been put into operation. Artels gradually faded into the past, their place was taken by toy factories. New materials began to be used, it was already difficult to surprise the buyer with plastic, rubber, foam rubber, celluloid, synthetic fabrics and artificial fur. As a result, new toys began to appear on the shelves in large numbers. Unfortunately, this was a tendency to increase the quantity, not the diversity of the assortment. The same baby dolls with blue eyes, in simple clothes, appealing with rosy cheeks and a happy facial expression – no one was surprised by this. The set was monotonous: the children were offered a jump rope and a typewriter, a pull and a ball, a drum and a water gun, a teddy bear and doll furniture – at that time you could not even dream of more. If foreign-made dolls were “thrown out” in the store, a queue of tails immediately grew behind them. And to buy Indians or cowboys, or the coveted railway from the GDR – it was an incredible turn. A very bright trend was the appearance of cartoon characters. For example Cheburashka, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio. They were particularly sought after, as they were actually about the original stars of their animated films. How amazing it was to put the hero on a train from Romashkino and take him to the land where his favorite heroes live. Source:

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